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Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend

Marilyn Monroe’s story is well known – the lonely child who yearned for affection and approval which she finally seemed to find as Hollywood’s greatest love goddess. But even though she scaled heights few could even dream of, she was one of the loneliest stars. And yet, in spite of the breakdowns, the failed marriages, the sordid rumors surrounding her life and her death, Marilyn Monroe was never just a “victim.” She was unique, a phenomenon that is as vital today as it ever was.

In Marilyn Monroe: Beyond The Legend see the ‘real’ Marilyn, drawn from some of her greatest moments on film – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How To Marry A Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot, and more. Here too are the earliest films, the home movies, archival footage, and the memories of those who knew her best, like Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Sheree North, Susan Strasberg, Don Murray, Celeste Holm and Josh Logan.

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Clint Eastwood: The Man from Malpaso

Catapulted to international prominence by Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns, Clint Eastwood leapt from TV lead to world-class movie star. Then with Dirty Harry came super-stardom. But even that was not enough.

Eastwood’s goal was to get behind the camera – to make great films. To achieve this end, he has produced, directed and starred in such classics as Play Misty for Me, High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josie Wales, Bronco Billy, Honkytonk Man, Pale Rider, Heartbreak Ridge, White Hunter, Black Heart, and The Unforgiven.

Meanwhile, Clint continues to explore, to take risks – always seeking to redefine his image as the loner who, when the chips are down, cares. Including clips from his best pictures, here is his life as told by Clint himself. Included are recollections of Gene Hackman, Marsha Mason, Michael Cimino, Forest Whitaker, Genevieve Bujold, Frances Fisher, Jessica Walter and others.

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The Worlds of Harry Connick Jr

Narrated by Harry himself in a candid look at his own life and career, the program features interviews with jazz greats Branford and Wynton Marsalis and their father, Ellis Marsalis.

Born in New Orleans, Harry was playing with jazz bands in the French Quarter before he was 10. When he was eighteen, he recorded his first album and by 1989 with the release of the music from When Harry Met Sally, the word was out to the world: Harry Connick, Jr. was a talent that demanded attention. Whether as pianist or singer fronting a big band, or playing New Orleans funk music with his own small group, or an arranger of big band and orchestral music, or a composer of standards, or assaying a lead role in a Hollywood film: one thing is clear, no matter the medium, Harry Connick, Jr. is a world-class entertainer.

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Cary Grant: Leading Man

Cary Grant was the very essence of a movie star: a man every woman loved and every man wanted to be. His deft comic style merged easily with his strength as a romantic leading man. But the suave exterior concealed a complex and often sensitive individual.

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JAmes Dean: The First American Teenager

Filmed by Ray Connolly and David Puttnam, this unique documentary on the life of one of the greatest icons of the 20th Century. Features footage from Dean’s greatest films and interviews with screen icons such as Sammy Davis Jnr, Dennis Hopper, and Natalie Wood.

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Audrey Hepburn: Remembered

Audrey Hepburn was one of movies best-loved stars, blessed with beauty, talent, an elegant sophistication, and an enduring aura of youthful innocence.

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Michael Caine: Breaking the Mold

Narrated with gentle self-deprecating humor and honesty by the star himself, this Special features clips from such films as Educating Rita, The Man Who Would Be King, Alfie, California Suite, Hannah And Her Sisters, Mona Lisa, Sleuth, Deathtrap, Zulu, and The Ipcress File.

Born into poverty in London, when he first decided to become an actor, he was looked upon with amazement: who did he think he was? But he persevered, starting in repertory theater, then tv, and finally succeeding in becoming one of filmdom’s most versatile stars.

Today, despite those successes, Michael Caine retains a keen memory of his origins. He has refused to abandon the Cockney accent that reflects his roots, or the authentic spirit that bends a knee to no one.

Also included are the recollections of friends, co-workers and family members such as actors Julie Walters, Bob Hoskins, Dyan Cannon, Angie Dickinson, Ben Kingsley, Roger Moore, directors Lewis Gilbert and Sidney J. Furie, and Michael Caine’s wife, Shakira.

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Ingrid Bergman: Remembered

Ingrid Bergman possessed a natural and vulnerable persona. Her cinematic contributions included such movie classics as Casablanca and Anastasia. Appearing together for the first time, Ingrid’s daughters Pia Lindstrom and Isabella Rossellini take a personal look at their mother’s life, telling her story from her childhood in Sweden to her death at age 67 from breast cancer.

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Hollywood’s Greatest Directors

Ingrid Bergman possessed a natural and vulnerable persona. Her cinematic contributions included such movie classics as Casablanca and Anastasia. Appearing together for the first time, Ingrid’s daughters Pia Lindstrom and Isabella Rossellini take a personal look at their mother’s life, telling her story from her childhood in Sweden to her death at age 67 from breast cancer.

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